Toby Herbert and Mickey Fitzgerald will be guest bartenders for the “Best Fourth In The North Night” at The Pub on April 5. Earlier that day the annual Ticonderoga Alumni Tournament will be played. Both events will benefit Ticonderoga’s July 4th celebration.
The annual Ticonderoga Alumni Tournament will be the centerpiece for a day of activities supporting the community’s “Best Fourth in the North” celebration.
The basketball tourney, pitting former Sentinel stars, will be played Saturday, April 5, at the Ti high gym at noon.
That night players and fans are invited to “Best Fourth in the North Night” at The Pub. That event will feature guest bartenders 6 to 9 p.m. who will raise money for the town’s July 4th observance.
Guest bartenders will include Toby Herbert, Mickey Fitzgerald, Bob Dedrick and Tom Dedrick.
“We encourage people to participate in as many fund raisers for the Fourth of July celebration as possible,” Debbie Barber, “Best Fourth” committee chairwoman, said. “Without the support of our area businesses and community members the celebration we all enjoy and has become a Ticonderoga tradition would not be possible.
“The celebration costs $25-$30,000 each year with most of that being raised by the committee,” she said. “Donations in support of the committee’s efforts are tax-deductible.”
Admission to the basketball tournament is a $2 donation to the “Best Fourth” committee.
“For over a decade the basketball alumni have gathered at the Ticonderoga High School to help support the ‘Best Fourth in the North’,” said Bob Dedrick, tournament organizer and a former Ti High coach. “This year is no exception.
“Alumni who have graduated in the 1980s to the most recent grads all converge at the gym to renew friendships, relive memories, get a chance to pit their skills against other graduates and help raise funds for the Fourth of July celebration,” he said.
The 2012 alumni tournament raised $600 for the “Best Fourth in the North.”
This year’s event will begin at noon. All players are asked to arrive at 11 a.m.
A year ago the championship game featured an exhausted senior team losing to a group of sophomores. The senior squad, winning a triple overtime game earlier against the freshmen, could not match the speed and youth of the younger group in the championship game.
The seniors consisted of graduates from 1983-1991, including Gary Manning, Bob Dedrick, Mike Bresett, Jamie Rockhill, Fred Merrill and F.P. Tierney.
The championship team, with players who graduated between the years 2004-2009, included Brendan Graney, Jason Boutelle, Andy Kuhl, Colin Webber, Hunter Denno and Evan Glading.
The group made up of the second oldest players, who graduated between the years 2001-2004, won the consolation game. That team featured Steve Boyce, Joe Defayette, Joe Burris, Brian Little, Bill Treadway and Jamie Burris.
The youngest group, who graduated in 2009-2011, lost two close games. The team included John Molina, Robert Kearns, Mike Pocket, Nick Mars, Dan Morrison and Dillon Laferty.
A three point contest elimination round will start at 11:45 a.m. with the finals held prior to the championship game.
In 2013 Joe Defayette was the three-point contest winner edging out Jamie Rockhill, Brendan Graney and John Molina.
“This event continues to be a fund raiser for the Fourth of July,” Dedrick said. “As in the past an admission fee will be collected and it is the hope that the community will help support the Fourth of July and also salute the former players and referees, who so generously devote their time.”
The Fourth of July committee will also be selling refreshments during the event.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Bob Dedrick, Ticonderoga alumni, Ticonderoga Central School and The Pub for all of their support,” Barber said.
“Best Fourth in the North” activities are listed on Facebook, Barber noted.
The 2014 “Best Fourth In The North” celebration will take place July 1-4 with fireworks, a parade, live music, food, vendors, rides, games and more. The committee is looking for local bands and musicians who would like to participate in the parade.
“We are working on adding new vendors, live music and other events in the park,” Barber said. “We also hope to expand the music within the parade. We encourage businesses and organizations looking to participate in the parade to register early. Applications are available online or at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce office.
The theme for the parade this year is ‘Ticonderoga, The First 250 Years’ as a celebration with the same theme will occur later in July,” she said.
The “Best Fourth” committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce office. The committee welcomes volunteers to help with the planning, fund raising and during the celebration.
For more information on the “Best Fourth In The North Night,” Ticonderoga Alumni Tournament or the “Best Fourth In The North” celebration visit www.best4thinthenorth.com or contact the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 585-6619.